- Title: RUSSIA: TSARIST METHODS REVIVED BY A SCHOOL IN MOSCOW
- Date: 11th March 1998
- Summary: 1. SV CADETS ON PARADE GROUND WAITING FOR INSPECTION 0.06 2. SCU BOY BLOWING BUGLE 0.13 3. SV CADETS MARCHING 0.22 4. SCU CADETS BUILDING MODELS OF SHIPS (3 SHOTS) 0.38 5. SLV VARIOUS OF CADETS CONSTRUCTING SAILBOATS 0.56 6. SV CADETS SEWING THEIR UNIFORMS (3 SHOTS) 1.16 7. SV CADETS ARRIVING FOR CLASS 1.25 8. SLV INSTRUCTOR REVIEWING CADETS DURING INSPECTION/ INSTRUCTOR SAYING GOOD MORNING CADETS! CADETS ANSWERING GOOD MORNING MR. PONPRASHIK! (RUSSIAN) (3 SHOTS) 1.46 9. SCU FENCING INSTRUCTOR GEORGI ANDRONOV SAYING I THINK THAT NOW, AFTER THE EVENTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, OF COURSE WE HAVEN'T RETAINED MUCH OF THE OLD NOBLE CUSTOMS. THE FEW PEOPLE THAT DID RETAIN THEM WERE STRONGLY PERSECUTED. WE ARE NOW REVIVING THEM, AND PERHAPS IT IS COMPLETELY NEW. IT WILL BE A NEW ELITE -- OF COURSE WE DIDN'T WANT TO PRODUCE MORE 'NEW RUSSIANS' (A REFERENCE TO RUSSIA'S NEW RICH) -- THAT'S UNDERSTANDABLE (RUSSIAN) 2.19 10. SLV VARIOUS OF CADETS FENCING (4 SHOTS) 2.41 11. SCU STUDENT SAYING WANT TO BE A SAILOR, AND SAIL SHIPS, AND LEARN HOW TO SWIM WELL (RUSSIAN) 2.50 12. SLV CADETS HAVING DANCING LESSON (3 SHOTS) 3.07 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
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- Location: MOSCOW, RUSSIA
- Country: Russia
- Duration: 00:03:07
- Story Text: A school in Moscow has revived traditional Tsarist methods of training boys to be officers and gentlemen.
An after-school club for boys aspiring to be naval officers in the Tsarist tradition has become so popular that school authorities in southern Moscow have incorporated it into their existing curriculum.
For a small fee, just 200 roubles (32 usd) a month, the Naval Cadets' School now offers students 19th century officers' training alongside a regular curriculum of language, mathematics and science.
The programme aspires to create a replica of the officers' elite that was a fixture in Tsarist Russia.
Some sixty boys ranging from the ages of seven to seventeen have enrolled in the school, which opened on the first of March.
The students' first assignment is to handsew their own uniforms, all copied from Tsarist models.
The curriculum continues with simple ship building.
Students are required to construct sailboats by hand, before moving on to navigation and strategy.
The programme was inspired in part by the early adventures of Peter the Great, who as a boy built boats by hand and taught himself how to sail.Historians have often linked Peter's adult passion for the Russian Navy to his childhood love of boating.
But maritime studies do not completely dominate the curriculum at the Naval Cadets' School.
In keeping with the school's aim to make gentlemen out of its student officers, classes in fencing, ballroom dancing, and etiquette are also obligatory.
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